by Mike Tokach, University Regents Distinguished Professor
The website KSUantibiotics.org was created as a launching point to find information about antibiotics. There is a major section on antibiotic resistance, including new K-State fact sheets about how antibiotic resistance occurs and why livestock producers should care about antibiotic resistance. There are also web links to sites that provide an overview of antibiotic resistance, mechanisms, the current knowledge about resistance in livestock production, the USDA and FDA action plans concerning resistance, and news feeds where you can find the latest information on the topic. Each of the subpages contains the major agency (ex. WHO, FAO, CDC), producer group (National Pork Board), and Journal publications on the topics.
Besides information on resistance, there are links to the major rules concerning Veterinary Feed Directives (VFD) and other antibiotic regulations. Links to videos created by the Beef Cattle Institute can be found under the VFD section. Another section leads the user to reviews on the main alternatives to antibiotics that have been tested. The last section provides links to information on management practices that can reduce the need for antibiotics.
We encourage you to visit this site to learn about antibiotic resistance and alternatives to antibiotics.
Development of the website was supported by a grant from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.